Introduction to the Curriculum

A main focus at Bowdon Prep is achievement and academic excellence, with an emphasis on traditional values. We foster good work habits, self-discipline, confidence and concern for others. These are all qualities that will stand the girls in good stead throughout their education and well beyond.

Teaching is strong and traditional in style. The girls make rapid progress as a result of high expectations, small class sizes and highly experienced teaching staff. In Infants, most of the teaching is undertaken in class groups and by form teachers, but subject specialist staff are used in maths, English, music, art and PE. In Juniors, most of the lessons are taught by subject specialist teachers.

The curriculum places a strong emphasis on core skills in maths and English, which are taught as separate timetabled subjects every day and to a particularly high level.

As a 'girls only' teaching environment, we are able to focus all of our time, resources, attention and energy to the unique needs of girls. We have the flexibility to customise teaching strategies, programmes and experiences to match girls' interests, challenges and learning styles.

The challenging academic programme is broadly based on National Curriculum 2014 guidelines, and is extended to meet the more rigorous requirements of the 11+ entrance examinations. Our girls benefit from a carefully balanced and well-rounded education, using subject specialist teachers whenever possible throughout the curriculum.

There are designated rooms for science, music, art, design and technology, and information and communication technology (ICT). Class sizes are kept small (usually 20) so that we can continue to cater for individual needs and monitor each child's progress. In Year 4, the class size is reduced (to about 12–16 pupils) in English and maths to ensure that the girls are taught in focus groups, and stretched to reach their maximum attainment levels.